60th anniversary of Emmett Till’s death

60th anniversary of Emmett Till’s death
60th anniversary of Emmett Till’s death

60th anniversary of Emmett Till’s death

Mamie Till Mobley was the mother of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Chicago African American who was brutally murdered 60 years ago today while visiting relatives in Mississippi. Despite his badly beaten face and bloated body, Emmett’s mother decided to have an open casket funeral. She’s quoted as saying, “There was just no way I could describe what was in that box. No way. And I just wanted the world to see.” Emmett Till’s murder energized the growing Civil rights movement with scholar Clenora Hudson-Weems characterizing Till as a “sacrificial lamb” for civil rights. His murder is being commemorated today through Sunday with a series of events in Chicago. Joining us with more on that and to share her thoughts on Emmett Till’s lasting legacy is Airickca Gordon-Taylor. She’s a cousin of Till and founder of the family’s foundation.